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America First Credit Union, Utah’s Largest Credit Union, Opens Traverse Mountain Branch Location

Riverdale, UTAH – Utah’s largest credit union, America First Credit Union, adds another service location in Utah Valley with the opening of its Traverse Mountain branch location in Harmons Grocery Store at 1750 Traverse Parkway, Lehi, Utah 84043. The location marks the sixth branch opening of 2016, with the most recent being West Point City on June 8. America First has 120 branch locations serving Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Arizona.

Samuel Thompson will serve as branch manager of the Traverse Mountain location. Thompson began his tenure with America First in September 2011 and has served as assistant manager at the Orem branch since September 2014.

A grand opening celebration will be held the week of August 15 – 20. The Traverse Mountain branch is located at 1750 Traverse Parkway, Lehi, Utah 84043. Branch hours are Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

For more information, visit www.americafirst.com, America First Credit Union on Facebook, Twitter, @AmericaFirst on Instagram and Pinterest.

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Our Shared Success

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By Rex Rollo, Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

We have always understood that any success America First Credit Union achieves is the direct result of our members successfully developing and maintaining financial well-being.

As we help members improve their financial position in both favorable and unfavorable economic times, America First has continually experienced strong growth, despite the market’s ups and downs. The first six months of the year have been no exception.

The credit union continues to see exceptional progress on all fronts, as membership, loans, and deposits exceed budgeted projections. Because members are encouraging family, friends and neighbors to join America First, we have experienced double-digit expansion in this area, making us the fifth largest credit union in the nation based on membership.

Our ever-growing family of members continues to take full advantage of an expanding array of products and services. Through our 120 locations, call centers, free online banking, free mobile banking, and thousands of ATMs offering service at no cost, America First completes millions of transactions each month through whatever channel our members choose.

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Security Update: Five Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

No matter the season and regardless of the economic environment, there are always criminals looking to perpetrate identity theft.

It can happen to anyone at any time, but here are five easy steps you can take to help protect yourself:

· Keep your Social Security and driver’s license numbers off your checks and all of your identifying documents

· Never write your personal identification number (PIN) on your cards

· Destroy confidential documents — click here for a list of upcoming free shredding day events

· Choose complex passwords featuring combinations of letters, numbers and special characters

· Regularly review your America First statements with free Online & Mobile Banking

And be sure visit this link for more information regarding how we are working to guard your financial resources.

Make the Exchange before your International Trip

If you’re traveling abroad, America First offers foreign currency exchange services to help you make the most of your journey.

We offer low fees, competitive rates, overnight delivery & more. Here are the details:

· $5,000 per-transaction limit
· Purchases by cash or collected account funds only
· Two-day pickups requested (orders are returned after five days)
· $10 per transaction (buying or selling)
· Additional $10 for orders under $300 U.S.
· $15 for FedEx Priority overnight express (available by noon the next business day)

This option is available at select branches — click here to find one near you.

July’s “Give Back” Winner 7/19/16

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Every month America First Credit Union highlights a deserving individual in the Las Vegas Valley. Today, we meet Joe who is one of many volunteers in the Trauma Intervention Program. Along with recognizing Joe for the month of July, America First Credit Union’s Nicole Cypers, PR & Social Media Manager will share tips for staying aware and reducing the risk of fraud.

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Heroic Story from World War II Inspires & Humbles

John Lund, President, America First Credit Union

By John B. Lund, President and Chief Executive Officer

One of the things I appreciate most about America First is the people with whom I am privileged to work, such as Thayne Shaffer, our senior vice president & controller. Thayne shared with us the story of his grandfather, who served during World War II as an engineer in a B-24 bomber. It is a heartwarming description of service, teamwork and patriotism that his family has kindly allowed me to relate to the membership.

Ray Albiston was born on January 10, 1913 in Whiskey Gap, Alberta, Canada. In his youth, Ray worked as a ranch hand on both sides of the border. He eventually moved to Elko, Nevada, where he became an American citizen and met & married his sweetheart, June Nielson.

He entered the Army Air Corps on December 28, 1942 and was trained as a flight engineer on the B-24 Liberator. Thereafter, Staff Sergeant Ray Albiston was deployed to El Aouina, Tunisia with the 15th Air Force, 450 Bombardment Group, nicknamed the Cottontails. He flew in 37 missions over some of the most dangerous and challenging air space in the European Theater. Thirteen were considered so perilous that he and his crew received double credit toward their 50 required missions.

On June 24, 1944, Ray and his crew found themselves facing heavy opposition over Germany’s strategic and heavily defended oil installations in Ploiesti, Romania for the second time. About this conflict, his Silver Star citation reads, in part: “…approaching the target, their formation was attacked by approximately 50 highly aggressive enemy fighters and their aircraft was severely damaged…systems were rendered inoperative and the waist gunner seriously wounded. Despite the crippled condition of their aircraft, displaying outstanding courage and teamwork, they battled against overwhelming odds, bringing their ship through for a highly successful bombing run.” Of the 39 planes in his group, 10 were lost and others went missing. On August 9, 1944, he and his fellow crew members received the Silver Star. Ray went on to fly in 27 more missions.

Ray’s magical mission number of 50 was eventually reached and, on October 22, 1944, June received the following via Western Union telegraph: ARRIVED IN U S A, FEELING FINE, HOME SOON, LOVE TO ALL, RAY.

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